Afternoon Doubloons – Han Solo, Jack Bauer, Gremlins Tee & More.

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It’s time for the UK to apologise to Australia’s indigenous people – (The Guardian)

The undetectable serial killer theory – (Edward James Edwards)

Netflix has a ton of hidden categories and here’s how to find them – (The Medium)

Jack Bauer is gone as Fox moves on with a new series of 24 with a new leading character – (Nerdist)

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Han Solo prequel won’t be an origin story after all – (Sequels Prequels)

Gremlins tribute t-shirt now available at Stealthy Giant – (Stealthy Giant)

Boy in Messi bag footbal shirt has been found – (BBC News)

A 45 minute behind-the-scens documentary on the filming of The Revenant – (YouTube)

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The Behind-The Scenes Reel For Star Wars: The Force Awakens Is Mesmerising.

Soak it up. Soak it all up.

Above is the official Star Wars: The Force Awakens behind-the-scenes reel, shown yesterday to fans at the San Diego Comic Con.

This glorious and surprisingly moving footage gives us a tiny insight at the practical effects and sets used in the movie and the determination by cast and crew to deliver a film which fans will love. With a few surprises along the way.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is scheduled for release on December 18th.

 

Han Solo Prequel Slated For 2018.

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In an exciting official announcement there will now be a Han Solo prequel, as part of the Star Wars anthology series of movies, which will stand-alone from the forthcoming new Star Wars trilogy.

Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the duo behind The Lego Movie, 21 Jump Street and Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, will direct the movie which will be based on a script by the legendary Lawrence Kasden, a man who previously co-wrote The Empire Strikes Back, The Return Of The Jedi and the forthcoming Force Awakens.

The Han Solo movie will be a prequel as we journey back to explore exactly how Solo ended up as the most famous space smuggler and thief in that galaxy far, far away.

The Han Solo prequel is slated fro release on May 25th, 2018.

Avast! Second Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer.

Ignoring the abominations which were Episodes 1,2 and 3 this new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens looks every bit as good as I had imagined.

Yes, it’s early days yet and the film doesn’t go on general release unitl Christmas but it already feels like it belongs alongside the original trilogy and if the final frame of this trailer doesn’t make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, then you are clinically dead my friend.

TIE Fighter – An 80s Anime Themed Star Wars Short

This amazing animated short by artist Paul Johnson pays homage to the late 80s early 90s Japanese anime style TV programmes of that era.

TIE Fighter  is a work of passion by Johnson and it shows. It took him four years to painstakingly hand draw the entire short. He explains:

“What if there was an Empire-focused short Star Wars animation, drawn with the crazy detail and shading of classic 80s anime that’s all but vanished from Japan nowadays? Well, I tried my best. Apologies in advance for not living up to Venus Wars standards.”

There is no need to apologise Paul. You nailed it!

Avast! Trailer For Star Wars Episode VII – The Force Awakens.

Here it is! It’s finally here, the first trailer for J.J.Abrams’ Star Wars movie.

Soak it in, drink it up watch it as many times as necessary. I’m man enough to admit this but I just got a little misty eyed watching this.

Star Wars Set Video Unveils X-Wing.

Director J J Abrams is back and once more he’s filmed a video on the set of the forthcoming Star Wars: Ep VII movie.

As some of you may recall he recently announced a contest where you could win a part in the movie and a tour of the set in London, this video is a basic update with an official description which rattles along like so:

In a special video message from the set of Star Wars: Episode VII, director J.J. Abrams announces the creation of Star Wars: Force for Change, a brand new Star Wars initiative from Disney and Lucasfilm, in collaboration with Bad Robot, dedicated to finding creative solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems. The first Star Wars: Force for Change campaign will raise funds and awareness for UNICEF’s Innovation Labs and its innovative projects benefitting children in need. 

Yeah enough with the information Abrams, let’s see that bloody X-Wing.

Are We Headed For Han Solo And Boba Fett Spin-Offs?

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Our other website Sequels, Prequels, Reboots & Remakes posted up the following story detailing the rumours about possible Star Wars spin-off movies. Here’s the article in it’s entirety:

 

I remember feverishly flicking through every movie magazine as a kid full of expectant hope, new hope, (thank you), that I’d read the news that George Lucas was planning a new Star Wars movie following Return Of The Jedi.

Of course that news took 16 f**king years to break and by then I was older, bitter and far too cynical to even moderately enjoy the car wreck that was The Phantom Menace.

My disposition hasn’t changed, but what has altered is the frequency and volume of planned Star Wars movies following that trilogy which we shall never speak of again. After the huge sale of all things Lucas to Disney, last year, the Internet rumour mill has been spinning out of control like a large hamster ball powered by…a large hamster, over what films will be made, who will direct them and when they’ll be released.

This week news broke that not only are there to be three new Star Wars movies but there’s also two separate films, stand-alones from the new trilogy, in the Hollywood pipeline. Even if you’re to take all the Internet chatter and rumours about these films with a pinch of salt it appears that a young Han solo movie and a Boba Fett flick are being worked on as I type this out.

So, what do we know so far? Well, Disney have officially confirmed they are working on some non-trilogy spin-off movies, (maybe more than two), and that writers Lawrence Kasden and Simon Kinberg have been hired to pen two of them. Entertainment Weekly are claiming their sources have revealed the origin story of Han Solo and a bounty hunting adventure with Boba Fett are already in the planning stages

The Han Solo story would take place in the time period between Revenge of the Sith and the first Star Wars (now known as A New Hope). […] The Boba Fett film would take place either between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, or between Empire and Jedi, where the bounty hunter was last seen plunging unceremoniously into a sarlacc pit. [Ed.- THIS SHOULD NOT BE A SPOILER.] Exactly who would play him isn’t much of a complication – in the original trilogy, he never took off his helmet. And in the prequels, we learned he was the son of the original stormtrooper clone, played by Temuera Morrison, who’s still the right age for the part if his services were required. [EW]

That’s pretty much it. No word on the involvement of specific directors or actors. The only troubling aspect, for me at least, with a portion of this rumour fuelled news is the ‘young Han Solo’ proposed movie. Please, for the love of God, don’t make this film into a young Anakin Skywalker 2.0 version, with an adorable Disney child robot zipping about the galaxy in his fun-size Millenium Falcon. If that happens I shall wash my hands and never return.

Is Zack Snyder Doing A Star Wars Seven Samurai Movie.

In news which pretty much surprised the entire geek orientated Internet community it appears film director Zack Snyder may be getting to ready to helm a spin-off Star Wars movie, based upon Akira Kurosawa’s classic Seven Samurai.

Of course like all good Internet rumours Snyder has since denied the claim which was posted by Vulture yesterday. The article alleged that the movie would be a stand alone effort, separate from the future next three episodes of the franchise, and be based upon the 1954 movie where the Samurai would be replaced by Jedi Knights.

It’s common knowledge that George Lucas has been a life-long fan of Seven Samurai, so this story does have a shred of legitimacy even though Snyder is denying the news…for now.